Attorney General to assess whether sentences on Cody Fisher's killers are too lenient - The Leamington Observer

Attorney General to assess whether sentences on Cody Fisher's killers are too lenient

Leamington Editorial 22nd Apr, 2024   0

THE ATTORNEY General is considering whether judges should review the sentences of two men who were convicted of murdering Stratford Town footballer Cody Fisher on a nightclub dance floor.

The 23-year-old was attacked and fatally stabbed by a masked group at the Crane nightclub in Birmingham on December 26 2022.

Remy Gordon and Kami Carpenter were given life sentences with a minimum of 26 years and 25 years respectively, on April 8, after being found guilty of Mr Fisher’s murder.

But the Attorney General’s Office has received a referral arguing Gordon and Carpenter’s sentences were too lenient.

A spokesman for Attorney General Victoria Prentis confirmed the two men’s sentences had been referred under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme and they were under consideration.

Law officers have 28 days from the date of sentencing to carry out a review and weigh up whether to refer the case to the Court of Appeal to decide whether the sentence was appropriate.

This creates a deadline of May 6.

Under the ULS scheme, anyone can ask for a crown court sentence to be reviewed if they think it is too short.

A trial last month at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Studley resident Mr Fisher made “unavoidable” contact with Gordon in a trivial incident at Popworld, a busy bar in Solihull on Christmas Eve, which led to him trying to track him down.

Mr Fisher, a sports coach at St Gregory’s School in Stratford who played for Stratford Town and Bromsgrove Sporting, had gone to the Digbeth nightclub on Boxing Day with his girlfriend, best friend Dan Vann and others to see a DJ they liked.

Shortly after 11.30pm, up to ten men approached Mr Fisher and Mr Vann.

Mr Fisher fell to the floor after being stabbed in the chest and leg. CPR was administered by security staff, but the blade had penetrated the main valve to his heart, a post-mortem examination later showed.

The weapon – a zombie knife – was left in his chest and the killers left the club.

The case was brought as a joint enterprise prosecution where more than one person can be prosecuted for a murder if they were involved and had foreseen that Mr Fisher might be killed or seriously hurt.

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